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Boston's Secret Spaces: 50 Hidden Corners in and Around the Hub

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A beautifully photographed journey behind the scenes to some very special, little-known spaces in and around Boston—from athletic spots to historical attractions As a hotelier, I have enjoyed access to the inner sanctums of many great cities of the world. None of them matches Boston. . . . It takes a while, however, to know this city. . . . Boston is subtle, a beautiful woman with a soft voice. When you’re not looking, she steals your heart.In these pages, The Boston Globe and Boston.com have done the homework ...

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A beautifully photographed journey behind the scenes to some very special, little-known spaces in and around Boston—from athletic spots to historical attractions As a hotelier, I have enjoyed access to the inner sanctums of many great cities of the world. None of them matches Boston. . . . It takes a while, however, to know this city. . . . Boston is subtle, a beautiful woman with a soft voice. When you’re not looking, she steals your heart.In these pages, The Boston Globe and Boston.com have done the homework for us by scouting the secret settings that make Boston special. . . . Boston is a kaleidoscope, and we just turn it to find another wonder. —Robin Brown, from the Foreword The secret spaces include:Inside the Bruins’ locker roomFeeding the lions at Franklin Park ZooSleeping at Lizzie Borden’s homeThe mummy at Mass General Inside the tank at the New England AquariumIn the orchestra pit at Blue Man GroupInside the steeple at Old North ChurchBehind the scenes at the Boston BalletUnderground at the Broadway train stationAt the air traffic control tower, Logan AirportBehind the scenes with a mounted police unitAt the NASA training center, Northeastern University In the cockpit, WBZ traffic helicopterAt the Breyers ice cream factoryInside the Christian Science Center’s MappariumBeneath the Citgo signUnderneath the Zakim BridgeCruising in the state police CorvetteInside Bob Kraft’s box at Gillette StadiumVisiting a nuclear reactor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762750627
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Foreword by hotelier extraordinaire Robin Brown. During 13 years as general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, he transformed it into the city's first five-star hotel and restaurant as he pampered power brokers, celebrities, and dignitaries. Today, he is parlaying his reputation — and the connections he made at the Four Seasons — into a top-flight hotel and condominium project, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, opening Summer 2008. Mr. Brown’s reputation as an outstanding hotelier is matched by his personal commitment to the Boston community. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts for over 10 years, and is a Trustee for the Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital. Mr. Brown is also Director of the Boston Library Foundation, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Back Bay Association of Boston. He recently launched a foundation dedicated to the support of Alzheimer’s research in memory of his father, Jim Brown. Due to the guidance of Mr. Brown’s fundraising and event planning, the foundation has been able to fund multiple research and care projects at Boston-area facilities as well as underwrite a film and book which are distributed to new Alzheimer patients across the country. Mr. Brown has served as an Overseer to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years and is now currently involved in multiple aspects in fundraising, historical renovation, community outreach and community care for Park Street Church in Boston. Mr. Brown has dedicated hundreds of hours to dozens of charities throughout the Boston area in their fundraising efforts. He has served as MC and auctioneer at these events raising well over $5 million for charities over the years.

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“All of us have our own secret spots in Boston,” writes hotelier extraordinaire Robin Brown in his foreword to this one-of-a-kind book about this remarkable city. “Some are obvious—who can miss the Bunker Hill Monument?—but others need to be discovered.”

Boston’s Secret Spaces offers tantalizing peeks into places ordinary mortals rarely see. Published in partnership with The Boston Globe and based on its exceedingly popular Boston.com feature, this unparalleled compilation of evocative words and beautiful photographs illuminates fifty of greater Boston’s most intriguing spaces.

Within these pages you’ll go behind the scenes at athletic hot spots—such as inside the scoreboard at Fenway—and historical landmarks, including JFK’s private dining room at Locke-Ober. You’ll also visit such offbeat locales as MIT’s nuclear reactor and a drag queen’s dressing room. How about a heart-stopping ride in a souped-up Corvette, compliments of the state police? A long abandoned underground train station, anyone?

“These ‘secret spaces’ represent places we locals might like to explore ourselves,” writes David Beard, editor of Boston.com, in his introduction, “if we didn’t have to trudge to work, or do family chores, or complain about the commute or the weather. We hope the fifty sites selected here, chosen from more than a year’s worth of persistent investigation, capture your imagination—and help reawaken a sense of adventure for this City on a Hill.”
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